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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : yak.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Skywagon 185|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 135|
|Flight Phase||landing : roll|
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 37|
flight time total : 7700
flight time type : 7300
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
Upon landing rollout; on the grand plateau glacier; the right wheel ski dug deeper into the snow; causing the ski to bend 45 degrees to the left; pulling the nuts off of the axle bolts. This caused the aircraft to stop with the nose down and resting on the right wingtip. After having made the aircraft ferry-able; and due to the sun going down; satellite phone batteries fading; possible winds and snow moving in overnight; I reasoned it might be impractical to actually get a ferry permit in the daylight that I had left. I felt it prudent for my; and the aircraft's safety; that I return to base. With haines being as close as yakutat and being on wheel skis; I felt it best to fly back to haines.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: C185 PILOT BENDS SKI LANDING ON GLACIER AND DECIDES; AFTER MAKESHIFT REPAIRS; TO DEPART WITHOUT A FAA FERRY PERMIT.
Narrative: UPON LNDG ROLLOUT; ON THE GRAND PLATEAU GLACIER; THE R WHEEL SKI DUG DEEPER INTO THE SNOW; CAUSING THE SKI TO BEND 45 DEGS TO THE L; PULLING THE NUTS OFF OF THE AXLE BOLTS. THIS CAUSED THE ACFT TO STOP WITH THE NOSE DOWN AND RESTING ON THE R WINGTIP. AFTER HAVING MADE THE ACFT FERRY-ABLE; AND DUE TO THE SUN GOING DOWN; SATELLITE PHONE BATTERIES FADING; POSSIBLE WINDS AND SNOW MOVING IN OVERNIGHT; I REASONED IT MIGHT BE IMPRACTICAL TO ACTUALLY GET A FERRY PERMIT IN THE DAYLIGHT THAT I HAD LEFT. I FELT IT PRUDENT FOR MY; AND THE ACFT'S SAFETY; THAT I RETURN TO BASE. WITH HAINES BEING AS CLOSE AS YAKUTAT AND BEING ON WHEEL SKIS; I FELT IT BEST TO FLY BACK TO HAINES.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.